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Kick and chase wrote:
If i saw anything close to us getting 8 or 10 I'd sell both my kidneys and stagger to the bookies! Last season maybe 12 or 14 but the recruitment and the fact we're at home i really fancy us, man for man i wouldn't swap our team for theirs.

Yep, I'm very hopeful of a win. I'm not sure the bookies would be convinced by our potential until we've won a few. What's your score prediction? Do you think it'll be tight or open?

I'll take a stab at 18-12 to the Dons.
Bet365 ...

Dons +8 10/11
Sheffield -8 10/11
Handicap Draw 16/1

A Dons win is 2/1
HT Dons 6 Sheffield 8
FT Dons 18 Sheffield 22
Couldn't make this one due to illness, how does everyone think we did?

I saw the line up and honestly was baffled. No Hall or Knowles and playing Ferres?

If we were getting minutes into peoples legs I could understand it but then surely we would have played Mafi and Burns?
AdamH wrote:
Couldn't make this one due to illness, how does everyone think we did?

I saw the line up and honestly was baffled. No Hall or Knowles and playing Ferres?

If we were getting minutes into peoples legs I could understand it but then surely we would have played Mafi and Burns?


Missing players discussed here Adam.

Does anyone know who the interviewer is please ? much more flow to this interview IMO.

https://www.doncasterrugbyleague.co.uk/ ... -encounter
AdamH wrote:
Couldn't make this one due to illness, how does everyone think we did?

I saw the line up and honestly was baffled. No Hall or Knowles and playing Ferres?

If we were getting minutes into peoples legs I could understand it but then surely we would have played Mafi and Burns?


Missing players discussed here Adam.

Does anyone know who the interviewer is please ? much more flow to this interview IMO.

https://www.doncasterrugbyleague.co.uk/ ... -encounter
Thanks Wilf I hadn't seen this when I posted.
I predicted the Dons would win 18-12. I was right...

I'd not factored in that the ref was going to give them 10 points. :lol:

Overall, I was encouraged by the performance. We made some mistakes but for this stage of the season, having only played two games as a group, we look like a good team in the making. Sheffield certainly didn't look better than us. In fact, both sides looked quite closely matched.The Dons will improve, maybe Sheffield will too.

Suaia Matagi was a stand-out. I reckon he must have played 70 minutes. I think he went off a few minutes before half-time and came back on shortly after. He is some player. I'm so glad he's on our side.

Tyla Hepi was extremely good when he came on. If he was rusty today, I'd like to see him when he's fully up-to-speed. He loves an off-load and will cause defences plenty of headaches.

Lovodua's try aided by Alex Sutcliffe was great to watch - don't miss that on the highlights. Lovodua oozes class. So glad we signed him.

Brett Ferres worked really hard and looked solid.

Sam Smeaton was as tough as ever.

Our weakness in past seasons is that out pack hasn't been good enough. That isn't the case this time around.

I'll give a quick mention to Sheffield's Joel Farrell and in particular Tendai Gwaze as I thought they were impressive.

I've seen that Widnes lost at Swinton today. That's handy.

Onto car park matters: I flashed my Car Park Pass at Gate Two and was waved through - no problems. A friend of mine - who hasn't got a pass - arrived at Gate Two and was given a QR code to scan. He tried to make a payment but hit problems. I thought only Car Park One and Three were available for payments.

Anyway, my freind went back to the guys on the gate who said no fines would be imposed today. My friend isn't quite sure how he overcomes the problem for the next home match.

When I arrived, I thought Car Park Two must be reserved for pass holders but that obviously isn't the case as my friend was allowed in. I presume that when an online payment is made, the parking company ask for a number plate so they can tell who has paid and who hasn't. Where does this leave me? The club don't know my number plate. I never gave it when I applied for the pass. Will the cameras think I've not paid or maybe the staff on the gate made a note of my number plate to exempt me from a fine? I don't know. I'll ask the guys on the gate at the next match if they are making a record.

Shame we've got to wait a long while for the next home game...

Isn't it so much better being in the Championship compared to League One? We've got an exciting season to look forward to! :D
I left frustrated we could have nicked it but more than happy with where we are at this stage of the year and with players still to come back in. Lovodua and Sutcliffe were both exceptional for me. Hepi looked very dangerous if a little penalty prone, but that could be timing after a period without playing. Halliday has really stepped up in a pleasing way.

But as you say DM, the overall thing was the quality of the game was so much higher than we have been watching in League One, it's going to be entertaining
Yeah I'd echo that, matagi and pauli have added much needed punch, Sutcliffe, halliday and briscoe run the ball in hard for much needed yards, Johnston looked a pest (i still fall for those dummys), think I'd strongly disagree with the ferres comment though he's really looking like a passenger now and his lack of mobility is potentially dangerous for us, i said when he was retained he probably should of joined the coaching staff and thought yesterday proved that. Also think majority of teams will struggle to adapt with the new rule changes and the 'below the armpit' tackle and we will see a record amount of sin bins until players get use to it. All in all it was a good run out plenty of positives plenty we can work on though.
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